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August 28, 2015 – 12:53 pm

Roseburg, Oregon is located along Oregon’s I-5, about 1 hour south of Eugene and 1.5 hours north of Medford. I know this is true, as we just made this drive yesterday afternoon. A sleepy little …

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Top 15 Family-Friendly Attractions in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon

August 18, 2015 – 11:14 am

If you’ve ever moved your family to a new city or state, one of the first things you’ll do is consult the internet for suggestions of places to take your kids. We moved to Eugene, …

What to do in Tillamook, Oregon if you Have Kids

July 21, 2015 – 4:53 pm

The official website for Tillamook County, Oregon says “Welcome to the land of Cheese, Trees, and Ocean Breeze,” which is (by my estimation) a fairly accurate tagline. I recently drove all over Tillamook County with …

Oregon Coast: Wheeler on the Nehalem Bay

July 20, 2015 – 3:44 pm
Rising Star Cafe

A short drive up Highway 101 from Tillamook is the city of Wheeler. Built along the eastern edge of the Nehalem Bay in the shadow of Neahkahnie Mountain, this coastal community is significantly less touristy …

Oregon’s Most Awesome Fish Hatchery

July 5, 2015 – 1:50 pm

You heard me. Fish hatchery. To be honest, I have been to many fish hatcheries in my life, but only one in state of Oregon—the Willamette Fish Hatchery on the eastern edge of Oakridge.
In general, …

Hiking the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

June 29, 2015 – 3:31 pm
View from Platform

Continuing our exploration of the Oregon Coast, this past weekend’s road trip brought us to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a 40-mile stretch of sand dunes located to the north of Reedsport and the south …

Kid-Friendly Venues in Albany, Oregon

June 18, 2015 – 5:10 pm
The Pix Couches

With a population hovering around 50,000 Oregonians, Albany is one of the twenty most populous cities in the state. Named in honor of  Albany, New York, the Oregon counterpart has the largest variety of historical …

Albany Carousel, Albany, Oregon

June 11, 2015 – 11:35 am

Located at 503 1st Avenue on the Western edge of downtown historic Albany, Oregon is the Historic Carousel & Museum—a building scheduled to be demolished in about three years. And when this happens, the Albany …

Exploring the Oregon Coast

May 30, 2015 – 2:26 pm
View from Heceta

New residents of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, we’re enamored by the Pacific Ocean. About a one-hour drive from our new house, we’re venturing out from Florence, Oregon.
Here are some of our initial favorites.
Devil’s Churn …

Central Oregon Hot Springs: Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge and Gardens

May 30, 2015 – 1:44 pm
Upper Camp Site

Balknap Hot Springs is one of three Central Oregon hot springs within an easy one-hour drive of Eugene. Located on the McKenzie River, the springs were discovered and initially developed by R.S. Belknap in 1869. …

Road Trip to the Original Geocache

May 30, 2015 – 1:08 pm
Tree Peek

If you are a geocacher, you know finding the Original Stash Tribute Cache (GCGV0P) is like the Holy Grail of geocaching.
Here’s an excerpt from the cache description:
On May 3, 2000, a five-gallon bucket was …

Aliens in Oregon: McMinnville UFO Festival

May 30, 2015 – 10:25 am

Portland, Oregon lays claim to general weirdness, but nearby McMinnville embraces quirky for a long weekend each May.
Published in LIFE magazine in 1950, grainy black-and-white photos taken in at the Trent family farm in the …

Local Food in Joseph, Oregon

July 19, 2011 – 8:19 am
m. crow & company

One of the best parts of road tripping is that while you enjoy the journey, you can stop to learn about what’s around you.Instead of just flying over the heartland and looking at the farms that grow food for the world, you can stop, talk to farmers and ranchers and decide what your family needs to do to eat healthier.

Planning Your Next VaCachen

September 12, 2010 – 5:55 pm
Black Hills, South Dakota

The latest trend in family vacations is geocaching on the road. Road Trips for Families is Still on VaCachen and playing in the nation’s largest high-tech treasure hunt.

From Rattlesnake Grade to Wallowa Lake — Day 9 Rockies or Bust 2010

September 4, 2010 – 5:59 am
Rattlesnake Grade

When I have done TV or radio appearances about our trip, one of the most common examples of letting kids just entertain themselves comes from this section of our drive. I tell parents frequently that you never know what your kids understand about the world unless you let them tell you in their own words.

Best 4th of July Hometown Celebrations & Trips

June 17, 2010 – 6:30 am
Fireworks Capital of America -- credit Lawrence County CVB

Independence Day. Whether it means a weekend getaway to eat watermelon, watch a small town parade and wave a flag or a week-long dirt bike excursion like Sandfest, it’s all about family and making memories. Here are our picks for this year’s best hometown celebrations and trips for the 4th of July.

Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory — Expert Itinerary

April 13, 2010 – 7:28 am
Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

The Mt. Hood Territory region of Oregon is one of the most beautiful road trips in the US. You can explore the region with less than 100 miles of actual road trip distance and it’s great for a weekend or partial-week trip. The scenery is world-class, but the region is also so flexible that each season offers different attractions and opportunities to explore the area, that you could return several times a year and take a totally different trip. We love it for families because of that flexibility and the short driving distance between each point.

Top 10: 4th of July Road Trips

June 21, 2009 – 1:21 pm

It’s called The Great American Road Trip for a reason. There’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than to hit the road and experience history. The fireworks are an added bonus.

Oregon’s Best Road Trips

May 18, 2009 – 2:03 pm
Mount Hood

Looking for some road trip plans and routes in the green state of Oregon? KATU News has compiled a list of many good options. One of my favorites is the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, but there are also fantastic wine tasting loops as well as a fun Lewis & Clark Odyessy that might make history more fun for the kids.